Man accused of trying to push Austin police officer into traffic

Southern Longoria (Austin Police Department)
Southern Longoria (Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer who was working a traffic crash on Black Friday was worried he was going to get pushed into traffic by a suspect, according to an arrest affidavit.

Around 9:30 p.m., two officers responded to the minor crash along Capital of Texas Highway near Walsh Tarleton Lane in southwest Austin. As they were trying to move one of the damaged vehicles onto the grassy shoulder one of the men involved, identified as Southern Longoria, 23, “just stood there in the roadway.” When the officer asked Longoria to move, he yelled back, “F— you!” according to the affidavit.

When the officer asked him what the problem was, the officer said Longoria started yelling and charged at him as if he were “going to punch or push him into traffic.” The suspect missed and ended up punching the officer’s bulletproof vest.

With the help of another officer, Longoria was subdued but the court records show he was “yelling numerous profanities” while the officers were trying to “regain control of him.”

Longoria is charged with attempted assault on a peace officer.

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